The Cable

White House announces nuclear summit attendees

Ukraine's new President Viktor Yanukovych scored a coveted one-on-one meeting with President Obama Monday on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, the White House announced.

That makes 10 bilateral meetings out of 46  countries attending (47 including the United States). Of those 47, 38 are represented by their heads of state or heads of government.

For the full roster of who is getting a meeting with Obama, read this.

And look here for a schedule of the summit's events beginning tomorrow.

The White House also announced the names of all the delegations heads, including those from the European Union and the United Nations, after the break.

People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

His Excellency Mourad Medelci

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

Argentine Republic

Her Excellency Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

President of the Argentine Republic

Republic of Armenia

His Excellency Serzh Sargsyan

President of the Republic of Armenia


The Honorable Senator John Faulkner

Minister for Defense of Australia


His Excellency Yves Leterme

Prime Minister of Belgium

Federative Republic of Brazil

His Excellency Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

President of the Federative Republic of Brazil


The Right Honorable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.

Prime Minister of Canada

Republic of Chile

His Excellency Sebastián Piñera

President of the Republic of Chile

People's Republic of China

His Excellency Hu Jintao

President of the People's Republic of China

Czech Republic

His Excellency Jan Fischer

Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

Arab Republic of Egypt

His Excellency Ahmed Aboul Gheit

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt

European Union

His Excellency Herman Van Rompuy

President of the European Council

Republic of Finland

Her Excellency Tarja Halonen

President of the Republic of Finland

French Republic

His Excellency Nicolas Sarkozy

President of the French Republic


His Excellency Mikheil Saakashvili

President of Georgia

Federal Republic of Germany

Her Excellency Dr. Angela Merkel

Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Republic of India

His Excellency Dr. Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister of the Republic of India

Republic of Indonesia

His Excellency Dr. Boediono

Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia

International Atomic Energy Agency

Mr. Yukiya Amano

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency


His Excellency Dan Meridor

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy of Israel

Italian Republic

His Excellency Silvio Berlusconi

President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic


His Excellency Yukio Hatoyama

Prime Minister of Japan

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein

King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Republic of Kazakhstan

His Excellency Nursultan Nazarbayev

President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Republic of Korea

His Excellency Lee Myung-bak

President of the Republic of Korea


The Honorable Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak

Prime Minister of Malaysia

United Mexican States

His Excellency Felipe Calderon Hinojosa

President of the United Mexican States

Kingdom of Morocco

His Excellency Abbas El Fassi

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco

Kingdom of the Netherlands

His Excellency Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

New Zealand

The Honorable John Key

Prime Minister of New Zealand

Federal Republic of Nigeria

His Excellency Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan

Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria


His Excellency Jens Stoltenberg

Prime Minister of Norway

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

His Excellency Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani

Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Republic of Philippines

Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

President of the Republic of the Philippines

Republic of Poland

His Excellency Radoslaw Sikorski

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

Russian Federation

His Excellency Dmitry A. Medvedev

President of the Russian Federation

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

His Royal Highness Prince Muqrin bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud

President of the General Intelligence Presidency of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Republic of Singapore

His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore

Republic of South Africa

His Excellency Jacob Zuma

President of the Republic of South Africa


His Excellency José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

President of the Government of Spain


His Excellency Fredrik Reinfeldt

Prime Minister of Sweden

Swiss Confederation

Her Excellency Doris Leuthard

President of the Swiss Confederation

Kingdom of Thailand

His Excellency Trairong Suwankiri

Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand

Republic of Turkey

His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey


His Excellency Viktor Yanukovych

President of Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

United Kingdom

The Right Honorable David Miliband, M.P.

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

United Nations

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General of the United Nations

United States

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

His Excellency Nguyen Tan Dung

Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The Cable

Obama advisors all over the map on Israel

Although the public fireworks between top U.S. and Israeli officials may have died down in recent days, a fully fledged debate has erupted inside the Obama administration over how to best bring Middle East peace talks to fruition, let alone a successful conclusion.

Some reports have suggested there are two camps within Obamaland -- one favoring an incremental approach focused on persuading the Israelis and Palestinians to return to negotiations, and a second group pushing the president to lay his own "American plan" on the table.

But one U.S. official close to the issue told The Cable there's a more diverse spectrum of opinion inside the administration, with different officials exhibiting a range of views on what the tactics and tone of the U.S. approach should be going forward. There is no prospect of an Obama peace plan surfacing anytime soon, however.

"That's obviously an option we have. At some point we may exercise it," the administration official told The Cable. "There's been no decision to do it and there's no plan to do it."

National Security Advisor Jim Jones is the one most clearly advocating for a more definite American plan for how to proceed. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius and New York Times reporter Helene Cooper both described Jones as the prime mover behind a recent White House meeting in which a group of former national security advisors urged Obama to consider proposing his own peace initiative.

But Jones denied Friday that Obama has decided to take their advice.

"These are ongoing discussions, and I think that while we've not taken any decision to jumpstart any dramatic shift in our strategy, I think we should say, to make clear, that we don't intend to surprise anybody at any time," Jones told reporters.

"Some people suggested an American plan; other people had problems with it. Obama didn't weigh in one way or the other," the official said.

Meanwhile, Special Envoy George Mitchell, who has been shepherding the negotiations over the proximity talks that are meant to lead to direct talks, isn't necessarily opposed to a U.S. plan, but believes even talking about it now is premature.

Mitchell is for "getting to the negotiations, somehow" and is not in favor of releasing U.S. ideas "at this time," the official explained. That's different than being for "incrementalism," which in and of itself is a misleading term, in this insider's view.

"By definition all processes are incremental until they're not," the official said. Mitchell's other concern is that announcing a plan could be disastrous because the outlines of such a deal would certainly contain items that would upset each side.

"There are issues that are nonstarters on both sides, so what happens when both side reject it?," the official wondered.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agrees with Mitchell that it's not yet time for an American plan. But she is also saying inside the discussions that both sides need a lot of pushing to do things they don't want to do.

That's somewhat different than Vice President Joseph Biden, who leans more toward thinking about how to solve the logjam between the U.S. and Israel first, and then figuring out how to solve the overall issue after that. He is not thought to be in favor of announcing an American plan in the near term.

Add to that line of thinking the National Security Council's Dennis Ross, who due to his experience and inclination is also said to be more focused on solving the dispute over Israel's settlements. Yes, Ross argues for going a little easier on the Israelis than the other members of the team, the official said, but recent attacks on his loyalty to America from unnamed sources were way overblown.

Valerie Jarrett is another team member to watch. Two officials confirmed she is in almost all the meetings, although one official cautioned that doesn't mean she has a foreign-policymaking decision role, per se.

"Certainly how we handle Israel has implications for the public, nongovernmental organizations, and Congress, so understanding how the public and the interest groups will react is important and you have to loop her in," the official said.

To the extent that Jones and Jarrett seem to have increasing clout with Obama, that worries outsiders who fear they are pushing him toward a tougher stance vis-à-vis Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who abruptly cancelled his plans to come to Washington next week for the nuclear summit.

And amid reports that Obama personally directed the harsh response to Netanyahu following the settlements dispute last month and the dressing down Netanyahu received at the Oval Office, Israel supporters worry that he is determined to make Netanyahu come to him.

That still hasn't happened, as the White House waits for Netanyahu's response to the list of ideas Obama gave him to prove Israel's commitment to the process.

"We are still in consultations," the official could only say.

(Correction: Netanyahu's title corrected to "prime minister.")

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